The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts from ISIS

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/02/the-monk-who-saves-manuscripts-from-isis/517611/

A 59 year old Benedictine monk is roaming around the middle east trying to save Christian and Islamic writings.  He is working on training teams of locals to photograph the pages of manuscripts before they are destroyed, or lost, or stolen.  Many locals are reluctant to let in outsiders and are afraid that their cultural treasures will be stolen.  The monk never touches the manuscript but pays locals to do the digitization work, this keeps the locals employed, active in the preservation, and from being overly wary.

Restoration is extremely costly, if something is destroyed without being photographed then it is truly lost.  Often these methods are seen as the only way to preserve their heritage.

  • This is a good post, detailing some of the preservation efforts being done in war torn countries.  It is good to see that people are trying to maintain access to cultures of the past*
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How I Use Evernote to Keep My Entire Life Organized

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-evernote-keeps-my-entire-life-organized-240088

This is one persons utilization of Evernote to keep their life organized.

  • A master list of everything that they have to do in their life. Work, personal, etc.  They still maintain  a daily list, but this is their overarching document.
  • Create a packing list for trips, if you travel often have a master list like warm places packing, cold places packing, leisure, family, etc.
  • Keep a list of long term goals, even adding photos etc, to make it more visually interesting.
  • Scan important papers, receipts, business cards, etc.
  • Use evernote e-mail address to subscribe to newsletters so they don’t clutter up your inbox
  • Clip web pages to read later
  • Make digital post it notes so that brainstorms are not lost later and work is not interrupted
  • Pick meals from a master list of favorite recipes
  • Keep a running grocery list

*The first few items seem silly, I can use any word/pages document even the notes function of my phone/ipad for making, keeping and maintaining master lists.  Scanning important documents, okay that might be useful.  Clipping web pages to read later, I do that with instapaper but it is a useful function of evernote.  Make digital post it notes, that can be useful if you have evernote integrated into your work computer.  Picking meals from a master list, this is a great tip, I think I’ll make one on pages.  Keep a running grocery list?  Again that’s what I have Notes for on my phone, and why is syncs up to my ipad.  On a more practical note I was just checking why I stopped using evernote and here it is: Sync across 2 devices  If I want to sync my notes on more than 2 devices I have to pay evernote $35 per year.  (the ‘evernote e-mail’ thing also requires the ‘Plus’ subscription.) Admittedly $35 per year is not that much in digital terms, but when you can do barely more than my already included with purchase, or free apps then why should I pay you $35 a year?  Let alone the $70 subscription where you can scan and digitaze the business cards.  No wonder this author uses Evernote for everything you have to justify $70 a year somehow.*  Just my 2 cents.

How to Keep a Handspun Journal

http://www.withwool.com/blog/2014/4/3/keeping-a-handspun-journal

This is an article that I also pinned to my Pinterest Page on spinning.  The first point that struck a note with me is that with a wheel spinning large quantities for a bigger project suddenly seems like a possibility, whereas with a spindle it seems like an impossible goal.  With this in mind it becomes more important to maintain a consistent yarn from skein to skein.

Start with a date of fiber prep, Information about the fiber, who made it; what it is made of; rolags, batts, etc, Project name, what the skeins of yarn are like (tpi, epi, yardage, weight, etc).  How were they plied, how were they spun, why am I spinning this, etc.

By putting down page numbers you can use the first page as an index.

Create a spinning bucket list.  Set goals.  Label your hand-spun yarn.

This is a great reminder that even though spinning is a ton of fun, for the best results striving to ensure that your materials are useful is a wonderful goal.  I really enjoy spinning simply for the sake of spinning, but if I can use my end product toward something that can be enjoyed for years to come, so much the better.

Top 10 Tools To Get You Writing

http://www.shesnovel.com/blog/top-10-tools-to-get-you-writing/

This has some great ideas, from adjusting your workspace to making sure that you have scheduled time to write.  The author mentions several tools and ways that they can be adjusted to fit a busy authors life.  From 2 different types of planners, scrivener (again) physical notebooks and how she uses them, etc, this author is a font of advice.

I love how she describes what she has used in the past as well as what has failed her.  Wikipedia, failure, enough said.  Using Pinterest as a source of inspiration for your main characters, I never would have thought that and now have a burning desire to start a board featuring one of my characters, or maybe a few of my characters, How many private boards can you have?

This is a really great article to help prepare you for writing fiction, or to inspire you to get back to writing fiction by supplying you with ideas and tools.

5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener

http://michaelhyatt.com/switched-to-scrivener.html

This is an article detailing the productivity/writing tool of Scrivener.  For $45 the author states that this is a great tool to get all of your writing done.  Allowing you to set up binders, corkboards, organize research, etc.

This sounds like a great tool if you do most of your writing in a single location, or on a single machine.  While you can set up a ‘Household’ licence ( they’re British) it only works for one type of machine.  If you have 3 windows computers and a Mac you need to buy a separate license for the Mac (or windows computers depending on where you first installed/purchased the program).

I would like to get into writing more, but since the vast majority of my waking time is spend at work and often at different jobs I cannot see using this program at this time.  Not to mention that the $45 price tag is pretty cost prohibitive for me.

In the future, when writing takes a higher priority in my life, then yes.  This would be a great tool for me.  I may even think about the iPad version in the near future, $25 is a bit pricey but not the same as ‘Half of a weaving loom’.

Pocket Paper Notebook Showdown & Why Notebooks

This is a neat article detailing the difference and similarieties between Moleskine and Field Notebooks.  Essentially Field notebooks are more portable but Moleskine offers more options both in size and construction.  This article detailed a few different kinds of Moleskine notebooks I was unaware of.
Passion journals to detail what you are interested in from dining out, tea, books, beer, home life and more.
Japanese Inspired Sketch Album where the page stretches out about 5 times it’s original width
One that links up to Evernote (I knew about this one)
Upon looking further the only differences between the passion journals is the cover, also there is no method of expansion.  If you are looking for something that accomplishes this purpose but expands check out levenger:   http://www.levenger.com/Circa-Simply-Irresistible-Sampling-Kit-5961.aspx
I quickly followed this article with another:
Arguing that a notebook can be much faster and more convenient for learning/jotting down notes on the go letting fleeting thoughts be captured but not capture you.  This author even recommends a certain kind of pen for their ability to resist leaking and to write everywhere.
A useful follow up to the previous notebook article, this author recommends the Field Notebooks for his on the go jotting.